Posts Tagged ‘Contemporary Music Division’


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Trio of Jazz Studies faculty Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua and Darek Oles releases album “Live in Italy”

September 14, 2022

The Peter Erskine Trio — composed of Erskine and his fellow Thornton Jazz Studies Department faculty members Darek Oles and Alan Pasqua — released the album “Live in Italy” on Fuzzy Records this May. The live album features ten tracks from the trio’s performance in Camogli, Italy. Renowned bassist John Patitucci commented, “It should come… Continue reading Trio of Jazz Studies faculty Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua and Darek Oles releases album “Live in Italy”


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Personal Connections

September 8, 2022

USC Thornton begins the new semester with a symphony performance highlighting personal, evocative compositions.


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Laura Karpman composes score for rerelease of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)”

September 2, 2022

USC Thornton Screen Scoring Program Adjunct Instructor Laura Karpman and her wife, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, composed the score for the remake of the century-old silent film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”


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New Avenues of Scholarship, Performance and Pedagogy

August 24, 2022

USC Thornton welcomes a new crop of faculty members, recognizes long-standing faculty with promotions.


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Beyond Band, Choir and Orchestra

August 23, 2022

USC Thornton School of Music offers music teachers a master’s degree in teaching popular music.


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In Memoriam: Lamont Dozier

August 11, 2022

The celebrated songwriter was the first artist-in-residence of USC Thornton’s Popular Music program.


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In Memoriam: Thom Mason

August 11, 2022

Remembering a beloved faculty member and professor emeritus of jazz studies.


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Meet The New Faculty: Christian Amonson

August 9, 2022

As part of a series honoring faculty appointments, USC Thornton celebrates Christian Amonson’s appointment as an assistant professor of practice in music technology.


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Meet The New Faculty: Andrae Alexander

August 2, 2022

As part of a series honoring faculty appointments, USC Thornton celebrates Andrae Alexander’s new position as an assistant professor of practice.


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Meet The New Faculty: Paul Jackson, Jr.

July 26, 2022

As part of a new series this spring, USC Thornton recognizes Paul Jackson, Jr.’s new position as an assistant professor of practice.